Shut up and say something! A swim coach’s log

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Heather Klieve

Shut up and say something! distils more than 30 years of poolside wisdom and insights by popular swim coach Heather Klieve into a must-read book for parents, athletes and anyone interested in swimming.

CEO of Australian Swimming Coaches & Teachers Association David Speechley will launch the book published by ASCTA.

Heather began her coaching career in 1979 in the rural South Australian town of Mt Gambier where she was a founder of the Blue Lake Y Swimming Club.

Heather talks candidly about the hurdles she faced as a woman and a novice coach in a male dominated sport. Realising not many swimmers become Olympians, Heather focused on training her athletes to be winners in the pool and in life. Her fledgling swimming club quickly acquired a reputation for producing young athletes who qualified to compete at state and national swimming titles.

As a coach, Heather sees herself as a leader, not a friend, who works to earn her swimmers respect. She says over the years the biggest impact on the sport has been changes within the family unit with both parents working and unable to be involved in club administration and activities.

“Young people today are very intelligent but find it difficult to hold self-discipline and work as a team,” Heather says.

“They’re used to instant gratification but in the sport of swimming this does not happen. It can sometimes be hard for them to envisage and work towards goals and outcomes with no guarantee of success.”

In her book Heather addresses sometimes controversial issues: discipline, abusive and overprotective parents, managing parental expectations and the management of young people under the care of the coach. Some incidents are confronting, others humorous. It acknowledges the responsibilities of a coach extend well beyond the pool deck.

David Speechley says: “This book provides inspiration in overcoming adversity in everyday life as well as providing inspiration and creative ideas to all sporting coaches”.

Heather currently teaches all ages swimming at Noosa Springs Golf & Spa Resort.

Shut up and say something! A swim coach’s log
Sunset Lounge, Noosa Springs
Friday 8th of May
Free Event
RSPV: Heather 0414 878 869 / email:

Noosa Springs Golf & Spa Resort :
Links Drive, Noosa Heads
07 5440 3333
07 5440 3300
Noosa Springs Golf & Spa Resort

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